November Monthly Meeting

Black PietThe next meeting of QSHA is at the usual place. Room P 22 Loyalist College, Belleville at 1.30 p.m. on Sunday 23rd November.

The subject will be “Christmas traditions around the world” as we have representatives from England, Scotland, Holland and Canada. This is of topical interest in regard to the recent “Black Peitr” controversy in Holland. What is offensive and what is not?

Everyone is welcome to join us for lunch at the Quinte Gardens Restaurant (Buffet Chinese), Bell Plaza, Belleville at 12 p.m before the meeting.

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Chaplaincy

During the discussion at the last QSHA Annual General Meeting, the topic of chaplaincy was brought up. Age Smies had apparently also discussed this at the Humanist Canada meeting.
It is understood that people who are seriously ill or dying in hospital have access to priests, pastors or imams if they are religious, but what if they are not? Who is there to comfort them and hold their hand if there are no relatives or they live too far away? We could possibly provide a secular “chaplain” to fill this role.

We will need to contact the hospital auxilliary to find out what is required in a “Chaplain”. If some of our members are also officiants for deaths, births and marriages, could they not also be chaplains? Perhaps at least a one day training session with a certificate to indicate passing the course, would be a good plan. Some counselling skills would be required. Helping someone come to terms with death without the possibility of an afterlife could be one of the services provided, but just being a friend and someone to talk to might be all that is necessary.

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Justin Trottier speaks at Dagmar Gontard’s memorial

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Dagmar Gontard-Zelinkova’s memorial was held at the Art Gallery of Bancroft on October 19th 2014. Our president, Eric Thomas (Seen from the rear) was invited to speak on behalf of the Quinte Secular Humanist Association and Justin Trottier gave a presentation on behalf of the Canadian Secular Alliance in which he showed a video of Dagmar where he interviewed her in relation to her work in trying to prevent Christian prayers being held at council meetings in Ontario.

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QSHA Annual General Meeting and discussion

Will be held on Sunday October 26th at 1.30 p.m. at Room P22, Loyalist College, Belleville.

Please send nominations for officer positions to Eric Thomas, President.
The discussion topic will be: “What is the appropriate Humanist response to the recent terror attacks?”

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Dagmar died August 12th 2014

 

Dagmar Gontard-Zelinkova died at her residence on Baptiste Lake, on August 12, 2014.

 

Having lived in various countries on three continents, Dagmar considered herself a citizen of the world. Locally, she was involved with Baptiste Lake Association and Art Gallery of Bancroft. Dagmar was a freethinker and involved with various free-thought associations in Canada and abroad.  She was also a passionate and active humanist and secularist. Daughter of a physician and wife of a physician, she was interested in bioethics. Upon her arrival to Toronto in the eighties, she discovered a recently founded association, Dying With Dignity (DWD), and quickly became a member and eventually served for a few years on its board. Dagmar’s last public event, which was organized in Bancroft on October 26th, 2013, was about DWD. Memorial donations to DWD, FAREWELL FOUNDATION or Humanist Association of Canada would be gratefully appreciated.

 

Igor and Alexis BALLEZ, sons

She was an active member of the QHSA and will be greatly missed.

Memorial and slides of her life in Africa will be held at Bancroft Art Gallery in Bancroft, Ontario at 1 p.m. 19th October.

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June Annual QSHA picnic

Will be held this year at the Sabin’s Farm near Plainfield.  Directions will be sent out to members ahead of time. This will be a pot-luck lunch at 12 noon on Sunday 22nd June.  Some games – horseshoes, croquet etc will be on hand.  Bring mosquito repellant, sunscreen lotion etc.  No need to bring lawn chairs. BBQ is available if you wish to cook you own hamburgers, hotdogs etc.

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May monthly meeting

The next meeting of the QHSA will be on May 25th. “What is Humanism? The Amsterdam Declaration.

Place: Room P22, Business and Admin building, Loyalist College, Wallbridge-Loyalist Rd, Belleville, Ontario

Time: 1.30-3.30 p.m.

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Monthly meeting April

Sunday April 27, at 1:30 p.m.

 

Population Growth: Quinte, Canada, and the Globe? An open  discussion of perspective and options? Have we crossed the line to a “fortress” environment?

 

Loyalist College, Training and Development Center

 

Business and Administration Building, room P-22

 

Wallbridge-Loyalist Road, Belleville

 

All welcome, no charge to attend!

 

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Next QSHA meeting is Sunday, March 23rd

Topic:

Is “sustainable growth” an oxymoron? Is economic growth sustainable?
This is a group discussion with guest participants:
Mike Nickerson, Author of Life Money and Illusions with
Louise Livingstone from Harvest Hastings and representation from Hastings Stewardship
www.harvesthastings.ca and hastingsstewardship.ca

Loyalist college, Business and Administration Building ( Old Pioneer building) Room P22, 1.3o p.m Sunday 23rd March.

You do not have to be a member of the Quinte Secular Humanists to attend. Coffee provided.

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Response received

We have received, February 13, 2014 an acknowledgment of our letter from the “Political Attache” in the Quebec Provincial legislature. Translation to follow.

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